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Heavy snowfall hits the Alps yet again - 27 inches of new snow in 24 hours

Chatel in the Portes du Soleil region

Chatel, Portes du Soleil
After two weeks of generally dry weather it has been snowing hard again over large parts of the Alps.

Ski areas in Switzerland have reported up to 70cm of new snow in 24 hours to start the week. In Austria the biggest dump was in the Arlberg region where Lech (pictured below today) reported a 50cm accumulation and in France up to 30cm (a foot) of snow was reported in the same period in the Chamonix Valley.


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Rare tornado forms at 13,200 feet in Bolivia - Possibly one of the highest-altitude tornadoes ever observed

El Alto International Airport, Bolivia
© Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP
El Alto International Airport is the highest international airport in the world and serves the Bolivian city of La Paz.
A rare tornado touched down near the El Alto International Airport in Bolivia on Sunday, tossing debris into the air and possibly swirling its way into record books as one of the highest-altitude tornadoes ever observed.

The tornado descended Sunday afternoon, causing minor damage as it passed along the northern periphery of the airport and into nearby neighborhoods. El Alto International Airport is the highest international airport in the world at 13,313 feet, serving the city of La Paz.

The whirlwind reportedly came without warning from El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología, Bolivia's equivalent to the National Weather Service. The main weather hazard highlighted before the tornado had been river flooding well to the east amid recent heavy rainfall.


Comment: Some other rare, unseasonal and very large tornadoes to have formed around the planet this year include: Mainstream science does not consider the importance of atmospheric dust loading and the winning Electric Universe model in their research.

Such information and much more, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power.
See also: Thunderbolts Space News: Tornadoes - The Electric Model


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands hit by floods in Nariño Department, Colombia

Flooding along the Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department.
© UNGRD
Flooding along the Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department.
Around 6,000 people have been affected by flooding from the overflowing Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department in Colombia.

Flooding began around 06 December 2019, according to Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD). No fatalities have been reported. UNGRD have distributed relief supplies to affected families.


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Eau Claire in Wisconsin surpasses 100 inches of snow in 2019, creating new all-time record

For rent in Eau Claire at the start of December, 2019

For rent in Eau Claire at the start of December, 2019
Normally, we talk about how much snow we get in a given winter, which spans across the calendar year from generally October through April. Thus, we define the "winter year" as starting on July 1 and ending June 30 the next year. This allows us to calculate how much snow falls in any continuous winter.

Last winter set the record for snowiest "winter year" with 98.8" snow. Most of that snow fell after January 1, more specifically in February.

Due to that fact, it shouldn't come as a surprise that with the slightly above average snow we've received to start this winter, Eau Claire has surpassed 100" snowfall in the 2019 calendar year for the first time in recorded history. Snow measurement data for Eau Claire goes back to 1892.

We were pushed over the 100" mark with the afternoon snow measurement of 2.4 inches taken at 3 p.m. on December 12, 2019.

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8 Tahoe ski resorts record over 100 inches of snow for the season so far - Kirkwood over 10 feet

SNOW TOTALS

Snow totals
Storm Recap:

We saw lingering snow showers Sunday morning, mainly northwest of the lake along the crest. That dropped a final 2-4 inches of snow for those mountains, with little to no snow for the rest of the area as the storm cleared out. The sun came out and the soft snow became thicker through the afternoon.

Storm totals ended up at 16-27 inches for the ski areas around the lake, a little less to the south down near Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge with higher snow levels down there. The final forecast on Friday for the storm was 14-27 inches, so the storm performed as expected.

8 out of 14 ski resorts are now over 100 inches for the season. That didn't happen until the end of the first week of January last season, so we are pacing about a month ahead of last season so far. Here are the current stats summarized for all of the ski areas.

Bizarro Earth

New drought declarations across 8 regions in Queensland, Australia as the state's crisis deepens

Queensland drought
© ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols
Organic avocado grower John Tidy relies on the depleted Amamoor Creek for irrigation.
The Queensland Government has today declared the majority of the state's south-east is in drought.

Eight shires and councils including the Fraser Coast, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Redlands, Gold Coast and Logan have joined 37 other drought-declared local government areas.

More than two-thirds of Queensland is now officially in drought, with only northern parts of the state and Brisbane drought-free.

The declaration came ahead of a meeting of state and territory agriculture ministers today in regional New South Wales.

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Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital Beirut

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital
Heavy rain triggered flooding that paralyzed Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday, stranding drivers and damaging some homes.

The storms, which began Sunday morning, impacted the entire country but hit Beirut and its suburbs the hardest.

Motorists were stranded in the southern suburb of Ouzai after vehicles became submerged in the floodwaters. When pumps used to clear water from a tunnel under Rafik Hariri International Airport stopped working, authorities closed the tunnel for hours.

A man was seen using a surfboard to pass through the tunnel, while in other parts of the city some residents used small boats to get around.


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Massive fish and bird die-offs: Gulf of Alaska fishery to close for the first time ever

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Millions of small sea birds died since 2015 November 2019, thousands of short-tailed shearwaters birds migrating from Alaska were washing up dead on Sydney's iconic beaches
Extremely low cod numbers have lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time ever. In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season. It's a decision that came as little surprise, but it's the first time the fishery was closed due to concerns of low stock. "We're on the knife's edge of this over-fished status," North Pacific Fisheries Management Council member Nicole Kimball said during talks in Anchorage Friday afternoon. It's not over-fishing to blame for the die-off, but rather, climate change. Warming ocean temperatures linked to climate change are wreaking havoc on a number of Alaska's fisheries, worrying biologists, locals and fishermen with low returns that jeopardize fishing livelihoods. A stock assessment this fall put Gulf cod populations at a historic low, with "next to no" new eggs, according to NOAA research biologist Steve Barbeaux, who authored the report.

Up until the emergence of a marine heatwave known as "the blob" in 2014, Gulf cod was doing well. But the heatwave caused ocean temperatures to rise 4-5 degrees. Young cod started dying off, scientists said. "A lot of the impact on the population was due to that first heatwave that we haven't recovered from," Barbeaux said during an interview last month. Following the first heatwave, cod numbers crashed by more than half, from 113,830 metric tons in 2014 to 46,080 (a loss of almost 68,000) metric tons in 2017. The decline was steady from there. AK

Last month The Big Wobble reported more misery for Alaskan pink salmon fisheries. Prince William Sound Science Center field season was marked by a low flow and high pre-spawn mortality. This year, virtually no rain led to extremely low flows and field crews observed unprecedented pre-spawning die-offs and unusually late migration into the streams. According to the Prince William Sound Science Center, the fish finally started, what was for many, an ill-fated journey into the streams after some rain in early September. The rain stopped and the rivers dried up again. Soon thousands of fish were restricted to tide pools without enough water to return to the bays. They all suffocated. "During the first 10 days of September, our dead fish count in one of our streams rose from virtually none to nearly 30,000 dead pink salmon, all dying prior to spawning". "Our field crews estimated 10,000 died over a single night. We have never documented anything like that in the past."

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Comment: The climate is changing all right, but it has nothing to do with the global warming scam:


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White Island Volcano erupts in New Zealand: Five people killed with eight missing presumed dead; 27 of the 31 survivors suffer horrific burns - UPDATES

White Island volcano, New Zealand

White Island volcano, New Zealand
A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday leaving at least one dead and seven tourists critically injured. Police said there could be more fatalities. 23 people have been transported to shore and over 27 remain on the island.

"We are working to confirm the numbers involved. At this stage, it is too dangerous for police and rescue services to go to the island. However, we continue to assess the conditions which would allow us to go onto the island", Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said.

CEO of the New Zealand Cruise Association Kevin O'Sullivan confirmed that 30 to 38 of the victims are passengers of the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.

The eruption began about 2:11 p.m. local time (0111 GMT) on White Island, about 50 kilometres from the east coast of North Island, authorities said, sending up smoke visible from the mainland.

Police is working with National Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the search and rescue operation.

Comment: Just a day earlier, New Zealand experienced a record in lighting strikes:
In the 24 hours leading up to 7am this morning, 109,000 lightning strikes were recorded over New Zealand and our surrounding waters, with 18,000 over the land.

Previously our records had only seen 44,000 strikes over both land and sea.
Update: New Zealand Herald reports:
At least five people are dead after Whakaari/White Island erupted today, and "a number" of people are still unaccounted for.

National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims told a press conference at 9.10pm that New Zealanders and tourists are involved.

A number of the tourists are from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, but police cannot confirm nationalities.

Police do not know if there are people on the island alive tonight. The five people dead are people who were taken off the island today. The other 18 rescued all have injuries to some degree.

Update: On 10th Dec. RT reports:
Burn centers across New Zealand are full to capacity as more than two dozen victims are being treated for horrific wounds suffered in a volcanic eruption on White Island, leaving many with burns on over 70 percent of their bodies.

At least 27 of the 31 people injured in the volcanic blast that rocked the island on Monday suffered severe burns covering over two-thirds of their skin, the government said in a statement, noting the possibility that some of the injured will not survive.

"All our burns units are full to capacity. Our plastic surgeons, hospital, anesthetists are doing their best to treat the many who have sustained injuries," said acting Ministry of Health adviser Dr Pete Watson. "Twenty-seven of the 31 have suffered greater than 71 percent body surface burns."

With five already confirmed killed, police said eight people are still missing and likely did not make it, leaving only those who were able to flee immediately among the survivors.

"I would strongly suggest that there is no one that has survived on the island," New Zealand Deputy Commissioner John Tims told reporters, adding: "We are doing everything we can to get back to that island."


Tims also noted that a criminal probe had been opened into the disaster, focused on the "circumstances of death and injuries on White Island," which he said would be carried out alongside a separate investigation by regulatory agency WorkSafe.

Meanwhile less than a day after the volcanic eruption a strong 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand's North Island.


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5.3-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand day after fatal volcano eruption

New Zealand quake
© GeoNet
The earthquake struck 25 kilometres south of Gisborne, but was felt across the island just one day after a deadly volcano eruption on White Island
A strong 5.3-magnitude quake shook New Zealand's North Island, just hours after a lethal volcanic eruption killed five and left eight others missing. No damage or casualties have been reported following the latest tremor.

The quake struck at a shallow depth of some 25km (15 miles) around Gisborne on Tuesday, about 150km (93 miles) south of the recently erupted submarine volcano on White Island.

While local news reports said the seism could be felt in neighboring towns - including Cambridge, Hunterville, Dannevirke and Wellington - there are currently no reports of damage or injuries, nor any danger of a tsunami, according to Gisborne Civil Defense Manager Wiremu Tamati.

Comment: White Island Volcano erupts in New Zealand: At least five people dead & cruise ship tourists missing - UPDATE